TCHOBAN VOSS Architekten, Sergei Tchoban - Schœnegarten, Berlin: seven exterior façade for fourteen buildings
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Schœnegarten, Berlin: seven exterior façade for fourteen buildings

TCHOBAN VOSS Architekten, Sergei Tchoban

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TCHOBAN VOSS Architekten, Sergei Tchoban

The architects decided on seven different exterior façade for the fourteen buildings, each of which will be found on two buildings. The ensemble thus gives the impressions of a quartier that has grown naturally.

The choice of individual materials for the multi-faceted facades is a reference to Berlin's architectural heritage: bricks, masonry in colour and pattern variations refer to church and industrial buildings, fluted plaster to the Wilhelminian period, exposed concrete and glass speak the language of today's Berlin. The plastered facades in the inner courtyard show a similar design with colours and surfaces as the street facades.

The residential ensemble SCHOENEGARTEN on Kurfuerstenstrasse blends harmoniously into the lively district in the direct vicinity of City West. Concisely described in the project name as the interface between the Schoeneberg and Tiergarten districts, the building project closes the existing perimeter block development and thus a gap that has existed for decades. The location around SCHOENEGARTEN is very urban and heterogenic. There are many interesting buildings from different time periods. It’s a popular meeting spot but also an architectural testament to the city`s many layers. Berlin has grown over time, and for historical reasons, has also experienced many upheavals. This is exactly what is reflected in the project, a city of many layers that come together in harmony.

When selecting service providers and products, attention was paid to regionality and sustainability. Two buildings will have rendered facades completed with a very high level of craftsmanship. The high-quality façades are low-maintenance due to their choice of materials and age gracefully and durably. In six buildings, traditional and clinker bricks will interpret historical models in modern patterns and shades. Additional six buildings will be based on the material that represents modernity: architectural concrete. The project is a KfW Efficiency House 55 due to the sustainable energy concept.

The basic layout of the ensemble of a total of 14 seamlessly connected buildings forms a P with a closed inner courtyard. Six full storeys each support a staggered storey. The diverse urban flair is reflected in the exterior of the complex. The predominantly glazed, commercially used ground floors integrate the row with an inviting front into the street space. While the structure of the upper floors is emphasized vertically throughout, each house stands out with its own design and individual details, such as its own surface material, its different finishes or the design of the balconies. Architectural concrete and masonry are the basic materials for the façade design and are executed differently depending on the building. The rough structures of a concrete-wood formwork alternate with smooth exposed concrete and finely sanded travertine optics. The clinker cladding, in turn, is available in different colour and pattern variations. The design variety of the façade blends harmoniously into the street scene. A total of 182 apartments were created here, and there are 86 parking spaces in the shared underground car park. The size of the one- to two-room apartments ranges from 46 to 146 square meters. To the north and east, the ground floor apartments will have terraced areas with small front gardens of shrubs and trees and play areas.

Perimeter block development is typical for Berlin. Every building is a small part of larger ensemble, so each building has its own signature. Residents should identify with their particular building and be able to make a clear distinction.


 Kurfuerstenstrasse 41-44 Grundstuecks GmbH c/o LAGRANDE Group GmbH, Berlin
 23560 mq
 Sergei Tchoban, Stephan Lohre / TCHOBAN VOSS Architekten
 Lev Chestakov, René Hoch, Valeria Kashirina, Eimear O'Gorman, Grzegorz Pawlak, Stefan Petro, Katja Redmann
 Structural engineering: Weiske + Partner, Stuttgart/Berlin; Building equipment: Planteam Schwarz, Berlin; Clinker facade: Drantmann Klinker - Bau GmbH & Co. KG, Berlin; Precast concrete facade: GBJ - Geithner Betonmanufaktur Joachimsthal GmbH, Ziethen; Metal construction facade (ground floor): Metallbau Senkbeil GmbH, Ganzlin; Extended shell: Mastiok Baugesellschaft mbH, Berlin; Interior: ST Design, Berlin (today Design Alchemists, Berlin; Landscaping: KuBuS Landscape Architecture, Berlin
 Roofers / roof plumbers: Mastiok Baugesellschaft mbH, Berlin; Wooden windows: Helm Tischlerei und Fensterbau GmbH, Fuerstenberg/Havel; Wooden windows: Helm Tischlerei und Fensterbau GmbH, Fuerstenberg/Havel; Facade thermal insulation composite system: Maler CAD eG, Woltersdorf; Metal construction: Railing / Privacy protection: Metallbau Ullrich GmbH, Forst; Window staggered floor: Metallbau Senkbeil GmbH, Ganzlin
 Klemens Renner, Ilya Ivanov


TCHOBAN VOSS Architekten design, plan and build for national and international clients in the public and private sectors. With over 180 highly qualified, interdisciplinary employees and many years of experience, the company, with its offices in Hamburg, Berlin and Dresden, offers architecturally and functionally sustainable solutions for a wide variety of building tasks in Germany and abroad.
Sergei Tchoban is an internationally active German architect and managing partner of TCHOBAN VOSS Architekten. Tchoban studied architecture at the Academy of Arts in Saint Petersburg. He has lived in Germany since 1991 and has held German citizenship since 1995. In 2009, the Tchoban Foundation was established, which is based in the Museum for Architectural Drawing built for this purpose in 2013. In 2018, Sergei Tchoban was awarded the European Prize for Architecture by the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design for his lifework.

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